2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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ENDORSING PUBLIC HOUSING REFORM DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM KNOWN AS FREEDOM TO HOUSE

†††† WHEREAS, President Bush has asked Congress to create a demonstration program in 2005 called Freedom to House, which is designed to improve public housing; and

†††† WHEREAS, experience gained from the existing Moving to Work pilot program shows that residents benefit from the increased flexibility given to Public Housing Authorities (PBAs); and

†††† WHEREAS, participating PHAs have concluded that Moving to Work encourages residents to seek employment, work more steadily, and pursue opportunities to increase their income; and

†††† WHEREAS, the demonstration sought by the President will provide greater flexibility for PHAs to administer their low rent housing units and move toward asset-based management, a fundamental recommendation of the congressionally mandated Harvard Public Housing Cost Study and the Millennial Housing Commission; and

†††† WHEREAS, participating PHAs will also be able to combine capital and operating funds to utilize HUDís rental assistance more effectively; and

†††† WHEREAS, this demonstration will advance our knowledge of workable public housing reforms that promote the quality of life of families residing in public housing, as well as good property management and the continuing preservation of low rent housing.

†††† THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in partnership with the Federal government, wishes to help improve public housing by supporting the Freedom to House demonstration program and strongly encourages PHAs to participate in this program.